Beshear offers plan for Kentucky’s public schools
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Calling for smaller class sizes and fewer standardized tests, Democrat Andy Beshear offered a public education plan Wednesday that he said sets him apart from his opponent in...
Kentucky political feud bursts into public ahead of election
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A feud at the top of Kentucky's government escalated into an extraordinary legal battle Thursday when the governor was sued by his hand-picked lieutenant governor over a...
In first ad of fall campaign Beshear touts his faith
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Andy Beshear plays up the pastors in his family tree, stresses his faith and vows to treat people with "dignity and respect" in his first ad of Kentucky's...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A project that would bring high-speed internet across Kentucky will be delayed because company representatives say an "abundance" of squirrels have chewed through...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky's primary election (all times local):
Attorney General Andy Beshear has won the Democratic nomination for governor in Kentucky,...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Miss America is among 19 candidates running in down-ballot races in Kentucky that include secretary of state, agriculture commissioner, treasurer and...
Pro-Edelen group launches attack ad against Beshear
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A group with ties to Adam Edelen has unleashed the first TV attack ad in Kentucky's Democratic primary for governor, saying Andy Beshear benefited from deep-pocketed...
Former lobbyist in Kentucky gets nearly 3 years for bribery
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former Democratic lobbyist convicted of bribing a top official in the Kentucky attorney general's office was sentenced on Thursday to more than 2 ½ years in prison.
James Sullivan received two years and nine months and was fined $25,000 by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell.
"This kind of crime erodes the public's confidence in government," Caldwell said after issuing the sentence. "This eats away at the very fiber of our democracy."
Bevin official wins latest round in fight over subpoena
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has won the latest round in a court fight over whether a former state worker can be compelled to provide information as part of its investigation of contracts awarded when Bevin's Democratic predecessor was in office.
Kentucky editorial roundup
Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials:
The Lexington Herald-Leader on KentuckyWired:
In one of state government's first big public-private partnerships — former Gov. Steve Beshear's laudable but fumbled effort to bring high-speed internet to all of Kentucky — the public was — how should we put this? — fleeced, rolled and taken to the cleaners by its private partners.
Facing shortfall, Kentucky mulls ending Medicaid expansion
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Warning of a nearly $300 million potential shortfall in Kentucky's Medicaid program, officials say they could eliminate health coverage for more than 480,000 people to balance the state's budget.
Adkins: Democrat fundraising should focus on 2018 elections
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Taking aim at a potential primary rival, Kentucky House Democratic leader Rocky Adkins on Thursday urged Andy Beshear and any other 2019 candidates to temporarily halt their own fundraising so the party can concentrate resources on this year's legislative campaigns.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has extended a contract with an Indiana law firm to investigate corruption in his Democratic predecessor's administration.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the potential cost to Kentucky taxpayers for Bevin's investigation of former Gov. Steve Beshear's administration has doubled to reach $1 million.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Andy Beshear's candidacy for Kentucky governor (all times local):
Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says a Democratic rival's candidacy for governor offers voters four more years of corruption and self-dealing.
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday he'll seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2019. Beshear is the son of former two-term Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is set to make an announcement Monday "concerning the future of Kentucky."
Beshear says he will make seven stops on a two-day tour through the state beginning Monday morning in Louisville.
Beshear, the son of former Gov. Steve Beshear, is considered a possible candidate for governor in 2019. The announcement was sent Sunday through an email address that is not affiliated with the attorney general's office.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a jury hasn't reached a verdict in the Kentucky trial of lobbyist James Sullivan in a federal bribery investigation involving state contracts. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andy Boone said deliberations will continue Monday.
Lobbyist says payments to state official were friendly loans
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A veteran lobbyist says his multiple cash payments to a high-ranking state official were loans between friends and not bribes meant to maintain a lucrative state contract for his corporate client.
James Sullivan is on trial this week accused of bribing former Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer to maintain an annual million-dollar contract for Cannon Cochran Management Services Inc., an Illinois-based company that administers Kentucky's workers' compensation claims.
Ex-political consultant testifies in Kentucky bribery trial
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Veteran Democratic political consultant Larry O'Bryan was given simple instructions: Meet lobbyist Jim Sullivan in a parking lot to pick up a $5,000 bribe and deliver it to a high-ranking state official to win favorable treatment in the complex government contracting process.
They called the bribes "Christmas presents." And when O'Bryan got in Sullivan's car that night in 2009, he was surprised to see multiple envelopes in the high-powered lobbyist's car.
Ex-Kentucky official testifies in lobbyist’s bribery trial
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — In 2016, Kentucky's No. 2 law enforcement official gave a lobbyist a ride to his car.
Tim Longmeyer had known Jim Sullivan for years, back when Longmeyer was the secretary of the Personnel Cabinet under former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. When offered the ride, Longmeyer was the deputy attorney general under Beshear's son, Andy Beshear. Sullivan was a lobbyist looking to land a lucrative contract for some of his clients.
Judge throws out settlement in Kentucky foster care case
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a legal settlement that would require Kentucky to monitor faith-based foster homes to make sure they don't use public money to evangelize children in the state's care.
Broadband network makes progress, still faces delays
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State officials say they have installed more than 600 miles of fiber optic cables as part of a planned 3,200 mile broadband network across Kentucky.
But the network still faces significant delays as the project piles up millions of dollars in penalties because of what leaders say was an unrealistic construction schedule.
Report criticizes contract awarded by former administration
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Tim Hale emailed his aunt in 2015 to ask about her recent hip surgery and update her on his children's horse riding hobby. But he also told her about how his Florida-based company was bringing high-paying tech jobs to southern states, and asked if she could introduce him to Kentucky officials that would help expand his business.
Judge dismisses lawsuit over makeup of retirement board
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's reorganization of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board.
The Courier-Journal reports Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Monday that the challenge is moot because the General Assembly passed a bill last year affirming Bevin's 2016 order that restructured the board.
Lawsuit against Planned Parenthood sent back to lower court
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled a lower court wrongly dismissed a lawsuit claiming Planned Parenthood illegally provided abortions at its Louisville clinic.
Kentucky plan would strip lawmakers of lucrative benefits
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Some of Kentucky's retired lawmakers living on public pensions of more than $100,000 a year would lose most of that money if a proposal from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin becomes law.
While some of Kentucky's public pension systems are almost out of money, the state's lawmakers benefit from a separate system that is close to fully funded. In 2005, lawmakers changed the law to let themselves combine their time in the state legislature with their salary at other public jobs.
Former governor’s wife recovering from horse riding accident
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The wife of former Kentucky governor Steve Beshear is recovering after being injured in a horse riding accident.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Beshear says his wife Jane fell from her horse during a competition at Kentucky Horse Park on Friday. She was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital emergency room.
Ethics panel says ex-Personnel official violated ethics code
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky ethics commission says a former Personnel Cabinet official used his position to solicit campaign contributions from co-workers to support then-Gov. Steve Beshear.
The Executive Branch Ethics Commission said Monday that William Ryan admitted to two counts of ethics code violations while he was a special assistant in the cabinet.
Kentucky GOP senator to run for attorney general in 2019
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican state senator launched his campaign for attorney general on Tuesday more than two years ahead of the 2019 election, ratcheting up the political pressure on one of the state's few Democratic officeholders.
Program to help disposal of excess prescription painkillers
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic attorney general has announced a program to make it easier for people to dispose of their leftover prescription painkillers.
Andy Beshear says his office has received a grant to provide 50,000 drug deactivation pouches to local governments in four counties. Putting the pills in the pouch along with warm water will dissolve them safely. Each pouch can hold up to 45 pills.
Democrats launch new group aimed at Republican strongholds
ATLANTA (AP) — Dissatisfied with Democratic fortunes in the era of President Donald Trump, a group of prominent Democrats is forming an organization outside the formal party structure with the goal of winning again in Republican-dominated middle America.
Beshear, Adkins use Fancy Farm as test for 2019
FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Andy Beshear says he has not decided if he will run for governor in 2019, but his tax returns tell a different story.
Panel: Kentucky gov did nothing wrong in home purchase
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A state ethics commission says Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin did nothing wrong when he purchased a home from a campaign donor for more than $1 million below a county's assessed value.
Bevin and his wife bought the house for $1.6 million from Neil Ramsey, a friend who the Republican governor has appointed to the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic attorney general should not launch an investigation of the Republican governor if he intends to challenge him for re-election, a state ethics panel ruled Monday.
Attorney General Andy Beshear had asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission if it would be proper for him to in investigate whether Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's purchase of a Louisville home from a campaign donor violated state law.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has ordered the voting rights restored for 284 Kentuckians pending a background check by the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
Consultant sentenced to prison for part in kickback scheme
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky Democratic political consultant has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for his part of a kickback and bribery scheme that prosecutors say was devised by a former high-level government official.
Bevin: Kentucky breaks record for business investments
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's economic development campaign has produced nearly $5.8 billion in pledged business investments so far this year, already surpassing the state's record for a full year, Gov. Matt Bevin said Friday.
Those investments — promised by existing businesses and companies locating to Kentucky — are expected to create about 9,500 jobs, the governor said.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says his new book is about how to make government work again.
Beshear, a Democrat, told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/2qdathy ) that government is dysfunctional on the national level but could be different. He decided to work for the people by putting "people over politics," he said.
That's the name of Beshear's 361-page book — "People Over Politics" — and it's scheduled for release Friday.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Lexington man who served in the Personnel Cabinet during former Gov. Steve Beshear's administration has admitted to ethics violations that allege he raised political contributions at work on state time.
The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/2pDq09Y ) reports Walter Gaffield of Lexington admitted to three violations Monday. The charges and a settlement of them were released during an Executive Branch Ethics Commission meeting.
Current, ex-Kentucky governors battle over health law legacy
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As Republicans in Congress prepare to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law, Kentucky's current governor and his predecessor are wrestling over the law's legacy -- and both sides claim the state as a case study of the law's impact.
Democrats in speech rebuttal say Trump will ‘rip’ away care
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear took a populist tenor in the Democrats' formal response to President Donald Trump's speech to Congress, accusing him of planning to "rip affordable health insurance" from Americans and being "Wall Street's champion."
In Dem reply, former KY gov says Trump would ‘rip’ away care
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear took a populist tenor in Democrats' formal response to President Donald Trump's speech to Congress on Tuesday, accusing him of planning to "rip affordable health insurance" from Americans and being "Wall Street's champion."
Dem Response: Trump Would ‘Rip’ Away Care
Activist to address immigration, health after Trump speech
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An activist who will deliver a Democratic response in Spanish to President Donald Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress plans to address his administration's crackdown on undocumented immigrants and the need for affordable health care.